John Landis

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John Landis

Filmmaker

John is set to direct the film Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios, a project that is currently in pre-production. This “very black romantic comedy” will begin shooting this October in Edinburgh and London. Landis rose to international recognition as director of the wildly successful Animal House. With blockbusters such as The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos! and Coming to America, Landis has directed some of the most popular film comedies of all time. Other feature credits include Into the Night, Innocent Blood and the comedy/horror genre classic An American Werewolf in London, which he also wrote. In 1983 Landis wrote and directed the groundbreaking music video of Michael Jackson's Thriller, created originally to play as a theatrical short. Thriller forever changed MTV and the concept of music videos. Landis has also been active in television as the executive producer (and often director) of the Ace- and Emmy Award-winning HBO series Dream On. Other TV shows produced by his company, St. Clare Entertainment (St. Clare is the patron saint of television), include Weird Science, Sliders, Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Campus Cops and The Lost World. Most recently he directed the Emmy Award winning HBO film Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

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BIG BANG BIG BOOM by BLU

BIG BANG BIG BOOM by BLU

Animation (Stop Motion), Docs & Non-Fiction (Nature), Viral (Pick-me-ups)
[ 9:55 - from YouTube ]

 Another gem from BLU, the world's most incredible wall animation genius. This one recounts the history of the universe using amoebas, shellfish, dinosaurs, and a few truckloads of paint! 

Dancing Inmates' Michael Jackson Tribute

Dancing Inmates' Michael Jackson Tribute

Classic
Music, Viral
[ 9:13 - from YouTube ]

Deborah and I returned early from London to attend Michael Jackson's memorial. It was surprisingly elegant and moving. And much more intimate in the hall than it looked on television. Stevie Wonder was extraordinary. Here is another MJ tribute. 

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